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Wexford County Council Headquarters


Robin Lee Architecture

_BCC were asked to join Robin Lee Architects competition team to bid for Wexford's new Council headquarters. We knew from the initial concept drawings that this building was special. The building was positioned on a complicated sloping site and was to be given a BREEAM rating of excellent. Robin Lee Architects concept was that the building was to be contained within a glass fascia that also worked to control the environment within the building.

The entry reached the last 5 submissions and the design progressed together with client modification of the brief at this stage. Robin Lee Architects design went 3 million over the competition budget. Through numerous design meetings and workshops and inspirational ideas the budget was achieved prior to the second entry without major compromise on the design.

Robin Lee Architects won the completion and the real work began. The clients brief became more detailed and complex, the building location on the site was worked to equilibrium and car parking levels / retaining walls / under building were worked extremely hard to assess the financial viability of all options.

The environmental glass skin and associated services were analysed further and costs were sought from around Europe at this early stage to ensure design changes were based on as accurate figures as possible.

The open internal street posed fire regulation problems. Buro Happold noted that there were no actual regulations to meet this building and they would be designing the strategy. Resultant construction was monitored to advise all of the financial impact.

The clients brief was also being worked up for the various council departments , layouts atriums, receptions , kitchens canteen and all areas of the building were constantly changing and being worked within our cost plan.

The programme for the building had key opening dates and the design programme was shortened by some six months in the design stage to obtain tenders. _BCC linked up with Irish practice MMP and Robin Lee Architects were already working with AGP a Dublin Architects practice to ensure the deadlines were met.

_BCC retained complete and sole responsibility for the cost plan.

The project returned from tender on the Cost plan Figure of 39million Euros.